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Aortopexy is a surgical procedure in which the aortic arch is fixated to the sternum. It results in the tracheal lumen being pulled open. It is used to treat severe tracheomalacia or tracheal compression. The procedure was originally proposed as a treatment for tracheomalacia Filler et al.[1] in 1976.


  1. Filler, R. M.; Rossello, P. J.; Lebowitz, R. L. (October 1976). "Life-threatening anoxic spells caused by tracheal compression after repair of esophageal atresia: correction by surgery". Journal of Pediatric Surgery 11 (5): 739–748. doi:10.1016/0022-3468(76)90098-1. ISSN 0022-3468. PMID 993944. 
  • Aortopexy for the treatment of tracheomalacia in children[1]
  • Surgical approaches to aortopexy for severe tracheomalacia [2]